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US Army soldier dies after bear attack while training in Alaska

A U.S. soldier died on Tuesday after being attacked by a bear while training in Alaska.

According to a release from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the soldier was part of a small group of troops conducting exercises in Training Area 412 west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill at the time of the deadly attack.

“The 673d Security Forces Squadron initially responded to the incident. Alaska Wildlife Troopers are currently searching for the bear in TA 412, which is closed to the public for all recreation activity,” the release stated.

The soldier’s identity has not been released pending next-of-kin notification. Additional information will be provided “as it becomes available.”

According to the Alaska Official Visitors’ Guide, around “30,000 brown bears and 100,000 black bears are spread” throughout the state. The guide states that while bear attacks are rare, it’s wise to carry easily-accessible bear spray when hiking.   

“Generally speaking,

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